The politics of policy diffusion

Gilardi, Fabrizio; Wasserfallen, Fabio (2019). The politics of policy diffusion. European Journal of Political Research, 58(4), pp. 1245-1256. Wiley 10.1111/1475-6765.12326

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This article discusses the recent literature on policy diffusion and puts forward a new articulation of its political dimensions. Policy diffusion means that policies in one unit (country, state, city, etc.) are influenced by the policies of other units. The diffusion literature conceptualises these interdependencies with four mechanisms: learning, competition, coercion and emulation. The article identifies a model of diffusion that is dominant in the diffusion literature. According to this model, policies spread because decision makers evaluate the policy implications of the actions of other units. It is argued that the role of politics remains in the background in this model, and the article shows how going beyond a narrow focus on policy adoptions helps us to consider the politics of policy diffusion more explicitly.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Wasserfallen, Fabio Adriano

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0304-4130

Publisher:

Wiley

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mirco Thomas Good

Date Deposited:

24 Apr 2020 17:09

Last Modified:

24 Apr 2020 17:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/1475-6765.12326

Uncontrolled Keywords:

policy diffusion; policy transfer; policy learning

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.141497

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141497

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